I tried Silicon Valley’s favorite diet using a meal-replacing keto shake — here’s the verdict

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For years, Silicon Valley has tried to engineer methods for living better, longer and easier, with mixed results.

Some have even opted out of real food altogether, instead relying on products like Soylent — a bland but nutrient rich liquid.

But for those looking to not just simplify their eating, but also lose weight and curb their appetite, the ketogenic diet (“keto” for those in the know) has become something of a cult-favorite eating plan, even attracting the likes of the Kardashian sisters and LeBron James.

People credit the fat-fueled diet craze with helping them lose weight and stay full, because it turns on the same metabolism mode (called “ketosis”) triggered by starvation. It moves the body into a fat-store-burning state, instead of relying on carbohydrates for energy.

But as I recently discovered, the keto diet is not easy to follow.

It’s true that by sticking to a low-carb, high-fat routine you’re allowed to eat some traditional diet no-no’s like bacon, eggs, butter, and plenty of creamy salad dressing. However, keto dieters are limited in what else they can eat: Not too many carrots, watch the berry intake, and forget about quinoa.

Ketolent (though not the same brand as Soylent) theoretically takes all the work out of the keto diet, with a ready-to-mix shake. When I found out about the product, I thought it was worth a try.

I had no idea what kind of wild ride I was about to endure.

SEE ALSO: An exercise scientist says Silicon Valley’s favorite diet is a scary ‘experiment that the population is doing on itself’

The recipe for Ketolent was developed by 35-year-old Ted Tieken, who’s been on the keto eating plan since 2014. Tieken says the high-fat diet has turned around his chronic pain, left him more energized, and …read more

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Ed Sheeran sued for $100 million for allegedly copying Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s Get It On’

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Ed Sheeran is facing a $100 million lawsuit that alleges he copied Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” for his 2014 song “Thinking Out Loud,” TMZ reports.
Sheeran was also sued in 2016 over “Thinking Out Loud” by the family of Ed Townsend, a cowriter of “Let’s Get It On.”
Sheeran responded to the 2016 suit in documents obtained by TMZ last week. He reportedly claimed that similar elements in “Let’s Get It On” are in the public domain and unprotectable.

Ed Sheeran is facing a $100 million lawsuit that alleges the singer-songwriter copied Marvin Gaye’s 1973 hit “Let’s Get It On” on his 2014 song “Thinking Out Loud,” TMZ reported.

The suit was filed by Structured Asset Sales, a company that owns one-third of the copyright to “Let’s Get It On.”

“According to the lawsuit, Sheeran’s song has the same melody, rhythms, harmonies, drums, bassline, backing chorus, tempo, syncopation and looping as ‘Let’s Get it On,'” TMZ reported.

Sheeran was also sued over “Thinking Out Loud” in 2016. The family of Ed Townsend, a cowriter on Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” sued Sheeran, arguing that “Thinking Out Loud” lifted the melody, harmony, and other rhythmic components from Gaye’s track.

Sheeran responded to the 2016 suit in documents obtained by TMZ last week. He reportedly claimed that the chord progressions and drum patterns of both songs are “extremely commonplace,” and that similar elements in “Let’s Get It On” are in the public domain and unprotectable.

“Thinking Out Loud” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2014 and has been certified “diamond” by the RIAA for streaming-equivalent sales of over 10 million copies. “Let’s Get It On” topped the Billboard singles chart in 1973 and is certified platinum by the RIAA.

Sheeran’s representatives have not responded to a request for comment …read more

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How NASA saved the world

NASA literally saved us from a planet-wide apocalypse in the 1980’s. If they hadn’t noticed a huge problem in our atmosphere, life on Earth would have collapsed by the year 2065. Following is a transcript of the video.

The early ‘80s were a very different time. Crazy hair, crazy clothes, we didn’t know we were heading towards a planet-wide disaster. And if nothing had been done about it, this is what the world would have become in 2065: Crops fail, livestock farming fails, aquaculture fails, and cancer rates are through the roof. Step outdoors in Washington DC, you’ll get a severe sunburn in 5 minutes.

But lucky for us, NASA had our backs in the ‘80s.

NASA might be famous for exploring space, but that’s not its only job. The agency studies Earth, too. Which helps it track how our environment works and catch when something goes wrong. And in 1985, things had indeed gone terribly wrong.

Teams of scientists from NASA and the British Antarctic Survey discovered a severely damaged section of Earth’s ozone layer over Antarctica.

Here’s why that’s a problem: The ozone layer is a region in the stratosphere that absorbs harmful UV light from the sun. It’s basically our planet’s natural sunscreen. And it had grown extremely thin over Antarctica. So the ozone hole, as it became known, was absorbing less UV light than normal.

In fact, from Sept. through Nov. of that year, the ozone levels in the hole dropped by up to 67%. That’s like if you used only a third of the sunscreen you were supposed to before going to the beach. Thankfully, NASA had a pretty good idea of what was happening. For years prior, scientists had been sounding the alarm on chemicals called chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs for short.

They were common in products like aerosol sprays and …read more

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Here’s how you should actually be applying your makeup to look your best

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With all the new makeup trends hitting the net, it’s hard to know what will stick around and what won’t. From contouring to massive highlighting, a few trends — though some not preferred by makeup artists — have found a way to make their way into the makeup routines of beauty enthusiasts everywhere. Since things are always changing, however, it’s a little difficult to know exactly how you should be applying your makeup in order to make it stay all day. According to Veronica Graham, professional makeup artist and CEO of AmplifyingBeauty, the order of your makeup application won’t matter if a good cleansing routine isn’t implemented first.

“When it comes to any makeup application routine, it all starts with the skin,” Graham said. “The skincare is the most important part of the makeup application. When that’s taken good care of, it allows your makeup to go on flawless.”

Though some may disagree, here’s how you should be applying your makeup in order to make it stay all day, as told to INSIDER by a professional makeup artist.

A good makeup routine starts before you even apply your makeup.

Although having a flawless face may seem to come down to the type of makeup you use, it actually starts with how you take care of your skin on a daily basis.

“After taking care of your cleansing routine, your first step should be to use a toner,” she said. “This will bring the PH balance back to your skin — regardless if your skin is dry, oil, or combination. Following that, I apply a water-based moisturizer that’s not heavy on my skin. It allows my pores to still be able to breathe and also allows room for buildable coverage.”

Next, you should apply primer.

Though your cleansing and moisturizing routines are …read more

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